At a short presentation last Monday night Charles Duncan was presented with his leaving certificate on his retirement from his position of Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) at Troon Lifeboat Station.
Charles who began volunteering at the lifeboat station in 1995 and gave 23 years to the lifeboat service in Troon before he announced his retirement at the end of 2018.
Over the years Charlie has regularly deputised for the Lifeboat Operations Manager authorising the launch of the stations lifeboats when requested by the Coastguard.
Troon Lifeboat Operation Manager Jim Redmond presented Charlie with his Certificate on behalf of the RNLI and speaking on behalf of everyone at the station said 'We’re grateful for Charlie's commitment over the last twenty three years to Troon lifeboat Station. During his time as DLA, Troon RNLI lifeboat station has been recognised as saving 79 lives at sea and Charlie has paid a part in that through his DLA role. From everyone at the station we thank Charlie very much for everything he has done for the station and wish him well on his retirement from the RNLI.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.